Saturday, May 28, 2011

New blog site

Okay, I've been pretty busy lately putting up new sites. This blog is now moving to a self hosted blog at I'll no longer be putting posts up here, though I won't take anything down for now. Make sure to head to the new site if you've been following this one.

Also, I now have my portrait and film based fine art images up at Check it out if you want to see what I have been up to lately.

On the new blog you can also see the first image of my 365 project I've decided to start, so you can head on over daily for a little dose of something new.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Images of Arch Cape, Oregon

I had the wonderful chance to visit Arch Cape, Oregon last fall for a workshop and only recently seriously looked at the images I made, as I was going through them to enter another photo competition. Here's an eclectic selection that I think exemplifies the amazing variety of places and things you see on the coast, on the boundary of water and land. Enjoy.








Monday, May 2, 2011

Unpaid internships are exploitation. Period.

I had to write a post, seeing a tweet for Walrus magazine for an unpaid internship. 6 months, 30 hours a week and no pay what so ever. This pisses me off. Big time. I've written about working for free before and I'll say it again. Don't. Period.

Why? How about the lovely term exploitation? Ring any bells? Yeah, I feel very strongly about this. Working for free does NOT benefit you. Yes, you'll get on the job learning, but guess what, most business pay YOU to learn how to do your damn job. Your time is valuable, worth money and should be compensated. You aren't going to an internship, I hope, knowing nothing at all about the job. Chances are, you are fresh out of school and have several years of education to back you up. When you take a job for free, it says very clearly that you put no value on all that time you spent learning how to do something. It also says, you are OK with an employer placing no value on your time either.

Unpaid internships should be banned. Since that is impossible to do, make a point of never accepting one, encourage everyone else not to accept one, rat out the shameful behaviour of these companies who demand one, and stand up and say NO!

Don't buy any of that bullshit about how it's an honour to study under a big name professional. Or that what you learn will be worth it, no matter what. They are making money from your labour. They are getting paid. So should you.

Insist on it. Don't know how to say it? Watch this video. Mike Monteiro will tell you how, in clear plain english.

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Stand up for yourself, have some self respect, value yourself and your time and demand that they pay you, damn it. Even minimum wage is better by far than free. After all, if someone doing a brain dead minimum wage job actually takes home money, why the hell shouldn't you?